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Bump proof Locks and lock snapping – Secure your home from burglars.

Well you don’t need to if you leave your keys outside.
Who leaves Keys outside their home nowadays?
 
Well apparently 1 in 4 people have no problem leaving keys hidden outside.
 
Recent data shows 6000 burglaries last year happened using the keys to the property.  You may as well leave a window open instead.
 
I mean how many places can you hide a key in the front garden under a mat, in a plant pot or the recycling bin.  I mean it’s not going to be that hard to find it.
 
Surly it make more sense to leave a key with a local friend or a neighbour?
 
A percentage of burglaries may have been with lost keys or cars stolen where people set their Home location on the sat Nav to make it easier for burglars to find where you live , none the less 6000.

there is the issue of Insurance cover.  What are the impacts on your cover when the keys to the property have been left outside?   Some insurance companies say that for burglary claims to be paid out, forced entry must be proven so a homeowner would not be covered if a key is used.

But what about Lock Bumping.  This is a technique which uses a special key to gain access to property, it shows no signs of damage to the door or lock and many locks are surprisingly susceptible to such attacks.  So make sure your lock is bump proof.
Another common entry method uses plastic shims to gain access which again don’t show any damage to locks or any other signs of forced entry.  To guard against such attacks ensure your doors are close fitting, by this we mean the door closes tight against the frame with minimal movement.  This will make it more difficult for someone to push the strip between he door and the frame.  Double locked doors cannot be compromised using this technique.
Finally worth a mention is Lock snapping.  This is where brute force (well surprisingly little force is needed when you use the leverage of a claw hammer) is used to snap the end off the lock.  Unfortunately many locks mechanism are then exposed allowing easy entry into the property.  Such Locks are surprisingly common and thankfully fairly easy to change.  So we would recommend you change these as soon as possible.
So stay Safe and check your locks today – oh and if you have a key under the mat – its time to go and get it.
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Why you should consider buying a Light Switch Timer
Video transcript. Heres a bright idea... video transcript. Is your light timer switch set to come on when it gets dark? Man enters house through the front door and is faced with a living room that has been burgled, books, magazines and cushions are strewn across the floor.
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Great round up of the various home security lighting options available
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#MM UK ☞ Top tips for securing your home while away - Over one in 10 homes have experienced burglary; sometimes we are to blame.
If you’re heading off on your summer holiday this month, spare a thought for the security of your home, while you are away.

According to insurer, Policy Expert, more than one in 10 (12%) of households have experienced burglary and homeowners are sometimes to blame by failing to take basic security measures.
One in three homeowners admit t... http://ow.ly/2L7Y6O
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#Burglary claims: Top 10 UK Hotspots... #infographic  
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INNOVATION OF THE YEAR NOMINATION

We had so many brilliant businesses apply for the Nectar Business Small Business Awards this year, coming up with a shortlist was quite a task, but our judges have managed it!

There are 33 nominees in all, with eight of them set to win our fantastic prize packages of £2,000, 50,000 Nectar points, nationwide publicity and an invite to our exclusive round table event. Winners will be announced on 22nd November.
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Great Advise
 
Do not leave home without checking the Holiday Security Checklist http://buff.ly/1rDSEll Many of you are just about to go on your exciting summer holidays and I've no need to remind you that you've picked one of the busiest weekends to fly from all of our UK airports, so good luck! On the BBC news this morning airport operators were suggesting you get there 3 hours before your... Read on - http://buff.ly/1rDSEll
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8 Burglary Facts - Change Your Mind Set

Everyday life continues day by day with the vast majority of us thinking nothing bad could ever possibly happen. If a crime is committed we watch or hear about it and then move on with our lives. However according to some insurance companies a large proportion of us are careless about looking after ourselves and our properties.

One - A figure that will you shock you is that an astonishing 64% of people attaining property insurance admit that they do not always lock their front door and windows when heading out. The most common entry point is an open window or unlocked front door.

Two - A distinctive statement that burglars have been known to make is that burglar alarms are hugely ignored and unarmed most of the time. People can be naïve in thinking they will never need it with 34% in a poll admitting their alarm doesn’t get used.  In addition in a separate poll another 33% of homeowners admitted that they ignore any sounding alarms in the street.

Three – The most common target for burglars is a semi-detached (38%) bricked (51%) house occupied by a family with young children.  The house has three bedrooms and is situated in an urban location (59%).  A garden at the back of the house (82%), approximately 160 sq m and surrounded by fencing (66%).  Usually with no garage (63%) at the property but there is one car sitting on the drive (32%)

Four - Only 22% of burglaries happen when the property is occupied so any measures that can be taken should be. Even small measures such as keeping your keys away from letter boxes and leaving a radio in inside can easily defend your home. And of course not leaving lights on during the day advertising that you are out and won’t be back till after dark.

Five - The cost of repairing the damage and replacing the stolen goods costs on average £1,730 - very few ever getting their stolen goods back.

Six -It isn’t uncommon for a burglar to hit the same house more than once. After all, they know the vulnerabilities, may have keys and are expecting you to replace your stolen items with an insurance claim.  If you’re the victim of a break-in, improve your home security, if you haven’t don’t wait until you are!!

Seven - Unfortunately, burglaries are hard to solve. Three out of four crimes are going unsolved, the lowest clear-up rate for five years. So your chances of recovering your property are even less likely to happen.

Eight – Burglary rates are likely to be under reported. Many burglaries are not reported either because they may be very minor or the victim doesn’t want to bother the police.  Sometimes victims are insured and so doesn’t see the point in reporting the crime.  

The lessons, do the obvious easy things to protect your home,
·         Lock windows and doors.
·         Use your alarm
·         Keep sheds and gates locked
·         Use a timer light switch   when its dark
 
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Darker Nights are here.

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Timer Switch – Do i need a timer switch for my light?

Are Timer Switches a useful burglar deterrent.
Allot of people ask if you really need a timer switch and if they work as a burglar deterrent.
the following questions might help.
QUESTION:  If you leave early in the day know that you won’t be back until after dark, why cant you leave your lights on all day so there’s a light on when I come home?  Why do I need a timer switch?
ANSWER: Do not leave your porch light on during the day as it simply a sign that you are not in and wont be back till late.  Leaving a visible light on during the day only signals a burglar that you are out and intend to be gone until after dark.
Criminals know from experience that people leave their lights on during the day when they intend to be gone all day until after dark.  Daylight burglaries are also more common now and the light is like an invitation to the criminals. 
It is better to use a timer switch or dusk to dawn sensor which will turn the lights on whether you’re home or not.  This way the burglars will not know for sure whether you’re at home or not.
QUESTION:  Why can’t I just leave my lights off. 
ANSWER:  Leaving no lights off when its dark makes it clear you are not home.  So think about it, if you’re a burglar are you going to go for a dark house or a house with the main lights on.
QUESTION:  I have an alarm. 
ANSWER:  An alarm is really essential – but the light act as the first line of defence and a light may help protect your property from the damage caused by attempted entry.
 
QUESTION:  Isn’t leaving a light on a waste of energy.. 
ANSWER:  Using today’s efficient energy saving light bulbs and LEDs mean light bulbs use very little energy. So you should only be using a few Watts for a few hours
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Light Switch Timer - A programmable security light timer for your existing Light switch
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Turns your existing light switch into a programmable light switch timer in under a minute!  Perfect for increased home security.  A timer for your light switches which is easy and quick to install.

Ever wanted to program your home lights to come on and go off when your away on holiday or out late? 
The new light switch timer is a timer for your wall switch with a difference.  No need to replace the existing switch or do any wiring.  Simply slip the cradle behind the switch, and slot the battery operated unit into the cradle and your done.

We are creators of this innovative new product and will be sharing information about the product on our Google+ page.  Please join the journey!!


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